Skip to main content

Makerspaces

Makerspaces

 

The Wond’ry features Makerspaces outfitted with state-of-art equipment to take your idea from concept to prototype. The Makerspaces are open to all of the Vanderbilt community and serve as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary activity. The mission of these spaces and the Wond’ry Makerspace staff is to provide students, faculty and staff with the tools, training, and resources to pursue their passions and actualize ideas.

To support this mission the Wond’ry offers the following:

  • Shared fabrication tools and equipment for rapid prototyping (e.g. 3D printers), fiber arts (e.g. sewing machine and materials), mold making and casting, as well as circuitry, robotics, and much more
  • Weekly/Monthly training workshops for beginners to become efficient and safe users
  • Short classes offered by makers in the community that focus on skill building through hands-on projects
  • Mentors on hand to assist you with your projects
  • Free use of the space as well as a mix of free and subsidized materials to enable patrons to ‘make’
  • Events with the goal of bringing fabrication communities across the university together to share ideas and innovate together

Open Hours

Wond’ry Makerspaces Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

VUIT Genius Bar:

The Wond’ry is now home to the Vanderbilt University IT Genius Bar (VUIT). This collaboration was developed to assist the Wond’ry’s student innovators, Ideator and Builder entrepreneurs and Makers developing innovations with a technology component.

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

If you have any questions for VUIT, you can also contact 
Michael.hollifield@vanderbilt.edu or call 615-936-8530.

Questions (anything IT-related, i.e.)

  1. Technology
  2. Careers in Information Technology
  3. Security
  4. Disaster Recovery
  5. Innovation Support (schedule 30-minute consultations with individuals or teams)

For more details on this see: https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2021/05/03/the-wondry-pairs-up-with-vuit-to-launch-genius-bar-bringing-technical-innovations-to-life/

How to Get Involved – Safety Seminars @ the Wond’ry

The makerspaces at the Wond’ry are open to all of the Vanderbilt community (students, staff and faculty).

For your safety and the safety of those around you, all Wond’ry makerspace users must complete a safety seminar (approximately 1 hour) to gain access to the makerspace resources and equipment.

 

Fall 2022: Safety Seminars will be held Monday – Thursday, at 7:00 PM, or by appointment.

 

No reservation is required to attend the safety seminar.

The purpose of this safety seminar is to give new comers a lay of the land including:

  • Meeting the Maker Fellows: the student mentors that help run the makerspaces
  • Organization: learning how the makerspace runs and our approach to helping you ‘make’
  • Expectations: learn makerspace rules and member conduct
  • Basic Safety: tour the facilities and participate in tool and equipment safety training

After attending the safety seminar, you will be able to use the makerspaces and most basic tools for your projects. Additional training to gain access to the other machinery (such as the vacuum former, molding and casting bench, and sewing machine) will be available through separate sessions by request.

If you have any questions please email the Makerspace Manager, Garrett Thorne.